Can I use Avios for LATAM flights?
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Can you spend your Avios points on flights on LATAM?
In this article I want to look at how you can use your Avios to fly with partner airlines like LATAM.
Until a few years ago, LATAM was part of the oneworld alliance, a global airline alliance that included British Airways, Iberia, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific and more. This made it incredibly easy to earn and spend Avios on LATAM.
The good news is that, whilst LATAM is no longer part of oneworld, it is still possible to use your Avios to redeem for LATAM flights.
How do you book LATAM flights with Avios?
That said, using Avios to book flights on LATAM isn’t quite as easy as it used to be.
Since leaving oneworld, the only way to redeem Avios on LATAM is via Iberia Plus, the frequent flyer scheme of BA’s Spanish sister airline.
Fortunately you can easily move Avios from British Airways Executive Club to Iberia Plus by using the ‘Combine my Avios’ function (click for details).
Note that your Iberia Plus account needs to be at least 90 days old and have earned at least 1 Avios because you can move Avios across from BA. This is why it is best to open an Iberia Plus account before you think you will need it, so you are ready when the time comes.
Iberia prices LATAM redemptions off a separate chart to its normal redemptions, which you can see below.
Once you’ve got enough Avios in your Iberia Plus account you can simply book LATAM redemptions as you would a standard Iberia redemption flight. Go to iberia.com, log in and click ‘Book flights with Avios’ from the menu.
What are the cancellation rules on LATAM flights booked with Avios?
The cancellation and change fee rules are the same as if you had booked an Iberia flight. You can cancel your flight up to 24 hours before departure, either online or by calling Iberia.
100% of your Avios will be refunded.
Your taxes and charges payment will also be refunded, less a €25 cancellation fee per person. If the taxes and charges were less than €25 per person, you do not need to pay any extra.
How many Avios will I need to book on LATAM?
Iberia has a separate pricing chart for reward flights on partner airlines. Here is the table:
The table is miles based. To check the distance you want to fly, try using gcmap.com. Just enter your two airport codes and click ‘distance’.
As you can see, it is very easy to book LATAM flights with Avios points and it opens up a large number of new travel destinations for you.
You can find out more on the LATAM page of the Iberia website which is here.
(This article is part of our ‘BA Q&A’ series which explains how British Airways Executive Club works. You can see all of our ‘BA Q&A’ articles here. )
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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2023)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard
Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review
Barclaycard Avios Mastercard
5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review
British Airways American Express
5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! Read our full review
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
British Airways Accelerating Business American Express
30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review
There are also good bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These are available to sole traders as well as limited companies.
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.